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The Power of Hope : Or How Community Love and Compassion Can Change Our World

written by Kon Karapanagiotidis

HarperCollins | ISBN 9781460755136



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A combination of moving memoir and manual for active compassion by the founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), this is the perfect gift to give to anyone you know who is figuring out how to become a person.
Kon grew up in Australia as the son of migrants and grandson of refugees, and The Power of Hope explores his path into human rights advocacy and the battles he undertook from the beginning. His narrative is woven through with the people, families and communities who have shared the ASRC journey from TAFE class project to national change-maker.
Kon’s emphasis throughout on overcoming the paralysis of watching bad things happen makes for a hugely valuable read. With tools and resources for challenging feelings of powerlessness, advice around grassroots activism, and examples of the strength of small contributions, it’s a handbook for building the world we want to live in.


A powerful, inspiring memoir from Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which argues that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives, we have the power to change our world.

'I hope you take from this book the message that we all matter. That there is a place for all of us. That once we know our own voice, live the values close to our hearts and follow our dreams, we can be unstoppable. Hope is only exhausted if we forsake ourselves, otherwise no one can take hope away from us. It is both our sanctuary and our destiny to live a life with love, belonging, connection and community.'

A powerful, heartfelt and inspiring memoir from one of Australia's leading human rights advocates, Kon Karapanagiotidis, The Power of Hope tells the story of how Kon overcame his traumatic childhood of racism, bullying and loneliness to create one of Australia's largest and best-loved human rights organisations, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which has gone on to transform the lives of thousands of refugees and has helped build a movement.

A book about how love, compassion, kindness and courage can transform our communities and ourselves, The Power of Hope shows us in times of darkness, both personal and political, that if we stand as one we can shine brightly and fiercely - as together we are powerful.

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